Flannelette, linen, waffle knit, bamboo cotton, silk or velour – these pyjama picks are sure to keep you comfortable and cosy throughout your eight hour sleep.
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The way we dress for bed is deeply personal.
There are those that love an oversized tee and undies, because they don’t like feeling as if their legs are restricted; then those who need the comfort of tops and bottom, because no matter the layers, they always feel cold.
Come winter though, you’ll need to opt for a thicker cotton iteration like flannelette pyjamas or a waffle knit; or maybe you prefer a delicate silk to wear under your dense winter doonas.
Whether you’re shopping for yourself or for your mum (yes, Mother’s Day is approaching) we have the perfect pyjama picks for women right here.
BEST FLANNELETTE PYJAMAS
Often heralded as the ideal fabric come winter, pyjamas fashioned from flannelette are soft and retain heat due to the loose spun nature of the cotton fabrication, often brushed to release fibres.
The Pyjama Foundation Flannel PJ Set Blue Cloud Print, Myer, $35
This collaboration between The Pyjama Foundation and Myer is one you’re going to want to snap up before it’s gone. $5 from every sale will be donated directly to The Pyjama Foundation, which provides opportunities to children in care to change the direction of their lives.
The flannel pyjama set comes in this adorable blue cloud print and it’s one of the more affordable sets we’ve seen on the market, coming in at just $35.
Papinelle Comfy Plaid PJ in Navy, The Iconic, $89.95
Made from an ultra-soft and breathable flannel, this Papinelle pyjama set is going to be your new favourite pair to wear throughout winter. You’ll feel warm and cosy, without overheating,.
We also love the sophisticated yet playful plaid pattern.
Flannel Lounge Set, Country Road, $159
There’s never been a better looking flannel pyjama set than this neutral toned checkered print. The pyjama shirt and wide leg pants arrive in an adorable branded bag, and are sure to be your new favourite pair of pyjamas in the winter.
Oversized Boyfriend Flannel Sleep Shirt, Cotton On, $27.99 (down from $39.99)
Flannel material? Check. Oversized? Check. Affordable? Check. Loads of fun colours and prints to choose from? Check.
The Flannel Sleep range from Cotton On is a great pick, thanks to the oversized silhouette making them super comfortable to lounge in. We also love all the quirky styles on offer.
Looking for matching pyjama pants? Not to worry, click through and you’ll find the Wide Leg Flannel Bed Pant for the exact same price.
Check Pyjamas, H&M, $59.99
While they’re not technically made from a flannelette, they do give you the same look, perfect if you run a little hot while you sleep. Made from 100 per cent cotton, these check pyjamas are comfortable and breathable. Choose from red or white, plus they’ve got loads of great customer reviews on site, with an average rating of 4.5 out of 5.
BEST LINEN PYJAMAS
Linen is the type of fabric that’s going to keep you feeling cosy and comfortable, without getting too hot. It’s very breathable, so it works for either summer or winter.
100% French Flax Linen Long Sleeve Shirt, Bed Threads, $90
If you’ve always wanted to try linen pyjamas, now’s your chance. Alongside their bedding and homewares, Bed Threads also offers 100 per cent French Flax linen sleepwear. There’s a range of gorgeous colours to choose from, including pink clay, rust, khaki and olive.
Don’t forget to pick up the long sleeve pants here for $100. Or, you could always mix and match with a T-shirt style.
Linen Pyjama Shirt, Seed, $89.95
Get into bed with a sophisticated set of linen pyjamas. We adore this neutral toned striped pattern, and the 100 per cent linen fabric makes it perfect for all climates, no matter the weather.
Before you checkout, don’t forget to add the matching Linen Pyjama Pants to your cart for $89.95.
BEST WAFFLE KNIT PYJAMAS
Waffle knit refers to a specific pattern that is created in knitwear, resulting in small, rectangular grids; ergo its name, referencing the popular breakfast food. Denser than other weaves of cotton, it is an ideal pattern for cold temperatures.
Waffle Henley Top, Country Road, $59.95
You can’t go wrong with a gorgeous waffle knit – it looks great and it just feels so soft and comfortable on the skin. This one here has a flattering v-neckline with buttons down the chest and a logo on the chest.
Country Road also offer a matching Waffle Lounge Pant for $79.95 – they don’t come in a set so you’ll have to be the two items separately. But it does mean you can get two different sizes if your bottom doesn’t match your top (or vice versa)!
BEST BAMBOO COTTON PYJAMAS
Running hot while you sleep is not the ideal situation in winter – you’re going to need to rug up, but waking up from overheating is the absolute worst. So, invest in a pair of bamboo cotton pyjamas. Bamboo is known for it’s ability to regulate body temperature, so it will keep you warm without feeling too hot.
Chloe & Lola Bamboo Long Sleeve Pyjama Set Navy, Myer, $59.95
With an average rating of 4.7 out of 5, this navy pyjama set made from bamboo is definetleey a crowd favourite. It’s been described as feeling “luxuriously soft” thanks to the comfortable and breathable bamboo fabric.
Alessia Bamboo Cotton Women’s Pyjama Short Set, Canningvale, $59.99 (down from $119.99)
Available in a range of colours like rose and navy, this pyjama set from home brand Canningvale is one to pick up on your next shop for new sheets or towels. The blend of 60 per cent bamboo and 40 per cent cotton means you get that silky soft feel while still feeling suoer comfortable and breathable to sleep in. This is a great pick for hot sleepers in the winter.
BEST SILK PYJAMAS
Undoubtedly the most luxurious of fabrics, authentic silk is a natural fibre produced by silkworms, and beloved for its shimmering appearance and satin-like texture. Though synthetic fibres have come some way in replicating the feel and look of silk, the natural fabrication will allow for breathability and sustained comfort.
SIMONE PERELE Dream Chemise, The Iconic, $179.95
If you want it to feel like you’re wearing nothing at all while you’re sleeping, get your hands on this luxe chemise from lingerie brand Simone Perele. Available in a range of gorgeous colours – think bold red, warm charcoal or an off-white – the charcoal colour in particular is made from 100 per cent silk, so it will just fall off your body and feel amazing.
Papinelle Piped Silk Pyjama Set, THE ICONIC, $259
As far as pyjamas go, it doesn’t get much more luxe than this. Crafted from pure silk satin, this classic iteration of pyjamas features contrast piping to cuffs and the hem. Gentle and breathable on skin, we wouldn’t blame you for taking these to the street in the morning, winter coat layered on top (trust us, silk pyjamas as streetwear is now a thing).
BEST VELOUR PYJAMAS
Velour is plush fabrication, easily recognised by its exceedingly cosy and soft feel. Though it can be constructed from synthetic fibres, we recommend sourcing a cotton velour, which will allow for breathability when under covers at night.
Gingerlilly Sally Set, The Iconic, $99.95
Australian sleepwear label Gingerlilly offers this gorgeous soft velour pyjama set for just under $100. Don’t think this won’t be breathable because of the velour – the blend of cotton will ensure you have a comfortable night’s sleep.
The fashionable pyjama set offers a rounded neckline, long sleeves, an elastic waistband and two pockets on either side of your hip.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN BUYING PYJAMAS
Here’s what to think about when purchasing your next set of PJs:
• Budget: Are you willing to splash out on a quality pair to last you a few years, or a budget-friendly pick to get you through?
• Material: If you run hot or have allergies, a breathable and hypo-allergenic material like bamboo is ideal. Cotton and cotton flannel are great if you’re after maximum cosiness and warmth.
• Style: Are you into more novelty-style prints, or classic checks and stripes?
WHAT IS THE WARMEST MATERIAL FOR PYJAMAS?
Fleece is probably the warmest option, but flannelette is ideal as it is often made from pure cotton which is more breathable – allowing you to stay cosy without waking up in a hot sweat.
ARE BAMBOO PYJAMAS WARM?
Bamboo pyjamas can indeed keep you warm. Due to their natural thermo-regulatory properties, they have the dual benefit of keeping you cool in summer and warm in winter.
Don’t forget to grab the ultimate companion to your winter wardrobe – a hooded blanket.
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